Over Finland the long darkness of the subarctic winter nights had begun to close in. So had the political night. In Helsinki, an assassin fired five bullets at close range into the back of a Russian naval officer's head. The assassin escaped. Near Helsinki's airport a Finn, armed with a flatiron, attacked a Russian soldier. The Finn was arrested. At the same airport, a few days later, were found the murdered bodies of two Red Army officers. The shattered country was heaving and grinding like an ice floe.

The shaky Finnish Government of...

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